A business is doing something right when it attracts the who’s who of Macarthur to its first birthday celebrations.
Two federal MPs, one mayor, a council general manager, half a dozen councillors, leading business figures, representatives of major community organisations such as Kids of Macarthur, South West Sydney Academy of Sport, the 24 hour Fight Against Cancer and most of the local media attended this morning’s shindig put on by Alkalizer café owner Shefali and her team.
There was delicious food on offer and an eclectic variety of beverages, naturally, but there was much more than that at the new sensation of the café scene in Macarthur.
An Indigenous performance received a rapturous applause as it weaved its way around the function, held in the forecourt of the Campbelltown Council administration building in Queen Street.
But the speeches by the mayor, George Brticevic and Shefali herself, put such a glamourous occasion in perspective.
Shefali said she just wanted to thank everyone in Campbelltown: “This is Campbelltown and how we support each other.
“It’s what we do around here and I think we can continue to support each other in Campbelltown to take it to the next level.’’
Cr Brticevic reminded guests that he had done the official opening duties at the Alkalizer a year ago to the day on October 11, 2016.
“It was my first official duty and seeing the success it has achieved I am so glad about that,’’ he said.
“Like all business people, Shefali and her team work very long hours to make the Alkalizer the success it has become.
“There’s also the sacrifices when you have a young family as Shefali does and the work ethic needed to succeed.
“I know they were going to be a big success when I rolled up to the Alkalizer for a meeting with MP Greg Warren and the place was packed.
“It was just as well I had booked a table otherwise it would have been a takeaway for us.’’